St Paul's Cathedral

Visiting Choirs

During Cathedral Choir holidays, and on certain other days during term time (usually Mondays), we are glad to be able to welcome visiting choirs to sing the services in St Paul's.

Last year 45 non-professional choirs came and sang here – including parish churches, schools, colleges and concert choirs. Some came from as far afield as Canada, Hong Kong and the USA.

Visiting Choirs for Services
The thousands of tourists and pilgrims who come to the Cathedral greatly appreciate the daily sung liturgies, and for many Evensong can be the highpoint of their visit. The Cathedral Choir is the mainstay of our liturgical life but when they are on holiday, visiting choirs allow us to continue to offer this sung pattern of worship which is central to our mission. We recognise that this is a major undertaking for many choirs and we are grateful for the time and effort which goes into the planning and preparation.

Choirs who wish to sing in the Cathedral must demonstrate their ability to lead this act of worship with a high degree of musical competence and liturgical awareness. We expect that the psalms, responses and hymns are given the same emphasis as the canticles and anthem; that choirs will come prepared to lead the spoken as well as the sung parts of the service.

We have helpful advice and guidance for choirs who come to sing but initially your representative should complete the Application Form (pdf) and send it with a letter of application to Esther Anstice, Liturgical Department, The Chapter House, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD. We also require a recent recording and, if available, a reference from a church musician of note would be helpful.

Visiting Choirs for Lunchtime Recitals
We are pleased to welcome choirs from all over the world to sing lunchtime recitals at 13:15 on weekdays (Tuesdays to Fridays).
Music performed needs to be for choir a cappella and last for 30 minutes.
Further information can be downloaded here.
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